phleg·mat·ic [fleg-mat-ik] (Pronunciation) (previously 07-15-13)
1. not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish.
2. self-possessed, calm, or composed.
3. of the nature of or abounding in the humor phlegm.
Also phleg·mat·i·cal [fleg-mat-i-kuhl] .
OTHER WORDS FROM PHLEGMATIC
phleg·mat·i·cal·ness, phleg·mat·ic·ness, noun
WORDS RELATED TO PHLEGMATIC
apathetic, blah, cold, cool, deadpan, disinterested, dispassionate, dull, emotionless, flat, frigid, groggy, indifferent, lethargic, lifeless, listless, passive, sluggish, unfeeling, unresponsive
SYNONYMS FOR PHLEGMATIC
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1. stoical, cool, cold, uninterested, dull, torpid.
2. cool, collected, unruffled, placid, quiet.
Origin: 1300–50; < Late Latin phlegmaticus < Greek phlegmatikós pertaining to phlegm, equivalent to phlegmat- (stem of phlégma phlegm) + -ikos -ic; replacing Middle English fleumatik < Middle French fleumatique < Late Latin, as above
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